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Cotton Bowl report card: Grades reflect Cowboys' difficult night

by Berry Tramel Published: January 3, 2014

/articleid/3920646/1/pictures/2309721">Photo - Missouri's Henry Josey (20) celebrates with teammates after a touchdown during the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Missouri Tigers at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Missouri's Henry Josey (20) celebrates with teammates after a touchdown during the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Missouri Tigers at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

OFFICIATING: D

The Big Ten crew had a rough night. It's not so much that four of its calls were overturned by video review or that all those overturns went against OSU. The officials seemed clueless at times, at one time even losing track of the downs.

KICKING GAME: D

The Cowboys got very little out of special teams. Meanwhile, Ben Grogan bounced a 34-yard field goal attempt off the upright, Mizzou's Marcus Murphy got loose for a 38-yard punt return, OSU twice committed 15-yard penalties on kicks and Mizzou thrice pinned the Cowboys inside their own 15-yard line.

CROWD: A

In an age of diminishing bowl attendance, the Cotton remained strong. The announced 72,690 was legit — empty seats were few. Excellent turnout by OSU fans, who no doubt had to be disappointed at the Cowboys falling to the Cotton Bowl, and Mizzou turned out well, too.

PROTECTING CHELF: B

An OSU offensive line that lost tackle Brandon Garrett early in the game held up well. Chelf was flushed from the pocket quite a bit, but he was mostly able to find scrambling mode. However, the protection failed Chelf at game's end, when Missouri star stripped Chelf from behind on a third-down play in Mizzou territory. MU's Shane Ray returned the fumble 73 yards for the game-sealing touchdown.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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